Jessica Outlaw’s Survey on Virtual Harassment: Half of All Women Surveyed Have Experienced At Least One Instance of Sexual Harassment in Social VR

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Photo by Mihai Surdu on Unsplash

Jessica Outlaw, whose previous research on women and social VR I talked about previously, has published the results of her latest research: a survey of over 600 people of all genders on their experience with harassment in social VR.

She reports:

Harassment is commonplace in VR. In past qualitative research, I studied sexual harassment of women. In my new project, in partnership with Pluto VR, I surveyed 600+ people who regularly use VR (Rift, Vive, PSVR, or Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality). It turns out that all genders are subject to multiple types of harassment in VR:

49% of women reported having experienced at least one instance of sexual harassment

30% of male respondents reported racist or homophobic comments

20% of males have experienced violent comments or threats

The full report can be viewed here. She summarizes her findings as follows:

  • People want to be with their friends in VR
  • 70% of those who have used multiplayer VR agree that it’s better with people they know
  • People use single-player apps to avoid harassment
  • Many avoid social VR spaces entirely

Thanks to Enrico Speranza who told me about this report!

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Outfit Outlay: Ninjas in Sansar!

ninja (忍者) or shinobi (忍び) was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and guerrilla warfare (Wikipedia). Three talented Sansar creators have made beautiful outfits for sale, for those days when you feel like channeling your inner ninja.

For women, there are two options for ninja wear. First up is the basic black Ninja Outfit – Female by Debi Baskerville, for S$99:

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You can pair it with the Katana for Sansar Female by Ralph Vintorix (S$50) and you’re good to go!

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Another option for women is the wonderfully detailed Onna-bugeisha / Ninja Top – Female and matching Onna-bugeisha / Ninja Pants -Female by Nya Alchemi (S$100 each). Add Nya’s Ninja Star Hat – Female to the outfit for S$75 and you’re all set!

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Here’s Vanity Fair in Nya Alchemi’s ninja outfit:

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For men, Ralph Vintorix has created a Classic Authentic Ninja Suit, which sells for S$450 and includes:

Igabakama (pants)
Kyahan (leg wrap)
Tekko (hand protection)
Uwagi (jacket)
Zukin (hood)
Tabi boots are available as a separate item (S$100) and is not included.
Katana and Pouch are free items.

Here’s my avatar in full ninja mode (click each image to see it larger):

So, whether you’re male or female, you are now ready to carry out espionage and other stealthy duties of the ninja!

(All pictures were taken in Genocyber Constantine’s Feudal Japan experience.)

How to Get Ridiculously Buff in Sansar, No Gym Membership Required!

Dissatisfied with your body shape in Sansar? Want to be pumped up like Aaahnold? Well, Ravioli has you covered with his new muscles attachment for male avatars!

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This attachment covers your entire body except for your head and your feet. It matches the lightest skin colour from the avatar customization palette. Here’s what I look like after really, really working out at the gym:

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Even better, all Marvelous Designer-created clothing can be stretched to fit the body!

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And best of all, the body is FREE! Thank you, Ravioli!

Sansar Store Spotlight: The Creations of C3rb3rus

You might be familiar with this airship. It is a popular addition to many Sansar experiences!

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This wonderful vehicle, which comes in a static version for S$200 and one that follows a loop for S$800, is the creation of C3rb3rus, who has a number of interesting items in his store (here’s a link). He sells everything from vintage telephones to HazMat suits!

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I especially love his Loki Mask, which has glowing eyes and an animated texture for the horns! It’s available for S$400, a steal for such a beautifully crafted avatar attachment.

I look forward to seeing what other wonderful and imaginative creations C3rb3rus comes up with! It’s even fun watching him create! He’s definitely an artist to watch in Sansar.

My First (and Second) Real Sale!

Well, the free items in my store, RSVF, are selling quite well, but of course, I’m not making any profit on those!

But yesterday I had my very first paying customer! Thank you, Radioactive Rosca, for buying my men’s T-shirt with the parrot design!

I made S$5 on the sale, which works out to about a U.S./Canadian nickel, but hey, I’ll take it!

My virtual fashion empire is officially launched! Woot!! And as a thank you to Radioactive Rosca, I made a bright yellow T-shirt with the international radioactive hazard symbol, as he had asked me to do! It’s also available for sale for only S$5 on the Sansar Store:

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…and Rosca immediately bought it, and wore it to 114 Harvest! Here is a photo of Rosca with Drax!

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And that’s my SECOND real sale! I’m on a roll!!

FREE Men’s T-Shirt!

Get your one-of-a-kind, limited edition, Ryan Schultz Fan Club T-shirt for male avatars!

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Available now! Operators are standing by! 😉

UPDATE 4:07 p.m.: I went over to the casual meetup today at Debi Baskerville’s White Out experience, and who should I run into but Radioactive Rosca, who was wearing my new T-shirt! Yay!!

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Sansar Store Spotlight: Black Business Suit by Theanine

When Linden Lab flipped the switch on the new fashion market, it meant that all the old outfits were disabled, and could no longer be used. I had gotten so used to wearing a navy blazer and khaki pants outfit, and I kind of missed it.

Well, Theanine of Theanine Design has come to the rescue with a two-piece black business suit with faint grey pinstripes. The jacket comes with a white shirt and a grey striped tie, for S$110:

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The matching black pants are S40:

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So, for a total outlay of S$150, you too can look like a savvy businessman! These shots were taken at the Sponza atrium, created by Cale Flanagan. (Click on the pictures to see full-size versions.)

Looking sharp! Thanks, Theanine!